Comic books are notorious for bringing back characters from the dead. In the realm of superheroes, nobody stays dead for too long. Despite this, oftentimes fans are fooled into believing certain characters will stay dead forever. This may be the case for Uncle Ben, but everyone else is fair game for resurrection.
Although it is very uncommon for heroes to ever die, from time to time supervillains do bite the dust. While many were thought to stay dead forever, most of these supervillains did not, especially in Marvel comics. Here are the top 10 times we thought Marvel villains were dead for good, but they weren't.
The longtime lover of Daredevil, Elektra and DD had quite a complicated relationship. He was a lawyer by day and vigilante by night. She was a deadly assassin working for the hand. Although she had heroic turns every now and then, Elektra was often better described as a Daredevil villain.
During a battle with the villain Bullseye, Elektra was stabbed through the abdomen with her own sai. This death had a huge impact on Daredevil and it seemed as though it would permanent. It wasn't, and the ninjas of The Hand brought her back using dark magic.
9 Kraven the Hunter
The story Kraven's Last Hunt is one of the greatest Spider-Man runs of all time. Finally proving he is better than Spider-Man, Kraven seemingly kills the wall-crawler and buries him alive. With nothing left to prove, Kraven shot himself in the head with his rifle.
This story was Kraven's Magnum Opus. Once he killed himself, with his story complete, it seemed unlikely that Marvel would bring him back to life. Only a few years later, Kraven's family visited the dead supervillain's grave, dug him up, and resurrected him.
It's a toss-up between Bullseye and Kingpin as to who's Daredevil's arch-nemesis. While there is a strong case for Kingpin, Bullseye is notorious for murdering many of DD's lovers, such as Karen Page and Elektra.
During the Shadowland story-arc when Daredevil was unknowingly possessed by a demon of The Hand, Daredevil took a sai and stabbed Bullseye straight through the abdomen, killing him. The raw brutality from a hero who normally doesn't kill was shocking and made it seem as though this death would have permanent consequences. That failed to be the case, as the ninjas of the hand quietly grabbed Bullseye's body and resurrected him.
7 Red Skull
Just as Captain America was thought to be dead following the Second World War, Red Skull was thought to have been killed as well. When he returned decades later, apparently without having aged, it was as big of a shock as Cap having survived being frozen in ice.
Towards the end of the war, Captain America was responsible for caving in a bunker that Red Skull was residing in. It turns out two support beams had fallen in just the right way to protect the Nazi leader from the rubble. An experimental Nazi gas was also released among the rubble, putting Red Skull into a comatose state of suspended animation.
During a breakout of the superhuman prison known as the Raft, a team of new Avengers was forced to assemble to stop the rampant superhuman mayhem. Among the many escapees was the serial killer enemy of Spider-Man known as Carnage.
When the long-forgotten superhero known as Sentry decided to join the fray, he grabbed Carnage and took the villain into outer space. Upon their arrival in the upper-atmosphere, Sentry ripped Carnage in half, killing him. Even though it is impossible the mass murderer could have survived this, Carnage showed up alive several issues later with no explanation.
5 Doctor Octopus
Shortly before the Superior Spider-Man arc, Doctor Octopus had been brought to the brink of death. With only days to live, Octavious hatched a scheme to switch minds with Peter Parker, essentially killing Peter and making Doc Ock the Superior Spider-Man.
Eventually, parts of Peter's consciousness that remained within his body fought back and gained control of his body, erasing Doc Ock for good. With no body or mind left, it seemed likely that this was the end of Otto Octavius. It turns out that Doc Ock had copied and downloaded his consciousness into a robot called the Living Brain. Now possessing a cloned body, Doc Ock is back to being one of Spidey's greatest foes.
When Earth's heroes finally defeated the World Eater Galactus, they celebrated. This God-like cosmic entity had been responsible for innumerable deaths and had often tried to destroy Earth. Unfortunately for the heroes, Galactus is an important part of universal balance, and without him, chaos begins to ensue.
Abraxas, the metaphysical embodiment of total destruction, had been kept at bay by the existence of Galactus. With Galactus now dead, Abraxas is freed from his imprisonment and sets out to destroy entire universes. The incredibly powerful children of Reed and Sue Richards, Franklin and Valeria, pool all of their powers into one blast of energy that resurrected Galactus and restored balance to the universe.
3 Dark Phoenix
Perhaps the greatest Marvel run of all time, the Dark Phoenix Saga is the go-to X-Men comic. Jean Grey's descent into madness and subsequent self-sacrifice is nothing short of an incredible arc for an incredible character.
Despite this sacrifice, it's later revealed that the Phoenix Force is so powerful that it can resurrect Jean time and time again. Sometimes she comes back as her normal, superhero self. But other times, Jean has returned as the villainess Dark Phoenix.
The Infinity Gauntlet, a massive crossover event that the movie Avengers: Infinity War is based on, ended with the defeat of the Mad Titan Thanos. After losing his power and facing imprisonment, Thanos apparently kills himself with a suicide bomb.
It's later revealed that the exploding bomb was merely a distraction, which Thanos used to cover his escape. After faking his death, Thanos went to a remote planet where he decided to live a peaceful life away from the many conflicts he had longed for in the past.
1 Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)
One of Spider-Man's greatest enemies, the Green Goblin is responsible for quite a bit of pain and anguish in Peter Parker's life. In one of the most famous moments in Spider-Man history, Green Goblin kidnaps Gwen Stacy and takes her to a bridge. After killing Gwen, the Goblin impales himself with his own glider while trying to kill Spidey as well.
It later turns out that Norman Osborn's goblin formula had given him an extremely enhanced healing factor that allowed him to survive such a devastating blow. In the many years that followed, Norman kept his survival a secret, instead orchestrating several plans that helped to harm both Peter Parker and Spider-Man.